Arc Review – Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron


September 1, 2019 by ceresbooksworld


Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

Book one in Kingdom of Souls series

Publisher : Harper Voyager

Publication date : September 3rd, 2019

Source : eArc via Netgalley

Rating : 4 hearts




Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.


Children from the village are being abducted and Arrah despite the fact that she has no magic power will do everything to find them and arrest the perpetrator.

I liked the story, I got a little lost with all the different Deities but it was very interesting to discover another way of seeing the world.

I really appreciated Arrah even though she takes too long to confess her feelings to Rudjek. She is a young girl who was raised by two very powerful parents, her father is a kind person. Her mother, however, is another story. The fact that Arrah has no magical power will force her to try the impossible, especially when the children disappear. I love her will, her kindness and her need to protect people.

I really liked Rudjek, Sukar, Majka Hassana and Kira too, they are trustworthy friends in a world where unfortunately it is not easy to trust.

As I said, there is a certain complexity with all the Gods and Goddesses, we get lost in it a little bit but as soon as we understand everything, we get it right. I guessed pretty quickly where the author was coming from and I’m really looking forward to reading the second book to discover the rest of the adventures of Rudjek and Arrah.

Quick word: A story that takes us into a magical and disturbing world.


Des enfants du village sont enlevés et Arrah malgré le fait qu’elle n’ai aucun pouvoir magique va tout faire pour les retrouver et arrêter le coupable.

J’ai bien aimé l’histoire, je me suis un peu perdue avec toutes les différentes Déités mais c’était très intéressant quand même de découvrir une autre façon de voir le monde.

J’ai beaucoup apprécié Arrah même si elle met trop de temps à avouer ses sentiments à Rudjek. C’est une jeune fille qui a été élevé par deux parents très puissants, son père est quelqu’un d’aimable et de gentil. Sa mère cependant c’est une autre histoire. Le fait qu’elle n’est aucun pouvoir va forcer Arrah à tenter l’impossible, surtout lorsque les enfants disparaissent. J’aime sa volonté, sa gentillesse et son besoin de protéger les gens.

J’ai beaucoup aimé Rudjek, Sukar, Majka Hassana et Kira aussi, ce sont des amis dignes de confiance dans un monde où malheureusement ce n’est pas simple de faire confiance.

Comme je le disait il y a une certaine complexité avec tous les Dieux et Déesses, on s’y perd un peu mais dès que l’on comprend tout s’arrange. J’ai deviné assez vite ou l’auteur voulait en venir et j’ai vraiment hâte de lire le second livre pour découvrir la suite des aventures de Rudjek et Arrah.

En bref : Une histoire qui nous emporte dans un monde magique et troublant.

About the author

Rena Barron grew up in small-town Alabama where stories of magic and adventure sparked her imagination. After penning her first awful poem in middle school, she graduated to writing short stories and novels by high school. Rena loves all things science fiction, ghosts, and superheroes. She’s a self-proclaimed space nerd. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading or brushing up on her French. Follow her at @renathedreamer and

Rena prefers not to be tagged in reviews to save her sanity.

She is represented by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.


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One thought on “Arc Review – Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

  1. evelynreads1 says:

    I never heard about his one before, but I absolutely love this cover! And it sounds like an interesting read!
    Great review 🙂


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